Jensen-Healey

To briefly recap the Jensen-Healey story, California-based British car importer Kjell Qvale became interested in a new sports car project in 1968 when production of the popular Austin Healey 3000 came to an end. Qvale’s idea was to line up a replacement for the Austin Healey, the bodies for which had been built under contract by Jensen Motors of West Bromwich. Somewhere along the way, Qvale realized he could gain control over the whole operation — building, marketing and selling the cars — if he owned the means of production as well as the means of distribution. In April 1970, he acquired a majority stake in Jensen Motors and set about bringing his ideas to fruition.

Donald Healey’s design for what would eventually become the Jensen-Healey was a done deal as far as the chassis went but the styling was far from settled and the choice of engine was also nowhere near finalization. So while the stylists set about finding a shapely form which would allow the required top speed from the projected engine power, others set about trying to find a suitable power plant. Units from Ford, BMW and Saab were all considered and found unsuitable for one reason or another, but a chance encounter between some Jensen and Lotus people on a commuter train one day in 1971 led to the adoption of an untried Lotus design.

Eventually, Qvale and Lotus boss Colin Chapman reached an agreement on the engines which had not then appeared in a production Lotus car. Qvale took them without a warranty, a risky move and one which soon had the Jensen factory embroiled in service woes. Partly because of troubles with the engine, the Jensen-Healey’s entry into service was not a happy one and the early models were superseded in August 1973 by a revamped version.

Despite its reliability woes, the Jensen-Healey was a spirited performer exhibiting terrific handling if wrapped in a somewhat dubious design.

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Jensen-Healey Specifications

  • Limited edition fine art print
  • Printed on acid-free, museum quality, giclee paper
  • Each print is numbered and signed
  • Includes Certificate of Authenticity
  • Available in two sizes—12" x 24" or 18" x 36"
  • Domestic shipping via USPS 2-Day Priority, International shipping via USPS First-Class (please see Shipping and Delivery Policy for more information)
  • Low resolution proofs furnished prior to printing (approval required)
  • Prints ship in 10-14 days (on average) after approval of low resolution proof
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Jensen-Healey Limited Edition Fine Art Print

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